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Apr 20, 2017

Raymond Lahoud Honored as NYSBA Empire State Counsel®

Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, was honored as one of the 2016 New York State Bar Association’s Empire State Counsel® in recognition of the outstanding contribution of performing 50 or more hours of free legal services to low income individuals.

Launched in 2006 by then Association President Mark H.… Read More

Apr 18, 2017

Raymond Lahoud Featured in Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, was interviewed and featured in Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.

Lahoud primarily focuses his practice on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania (Easton, Bethlehem, Allentown, and the surrounding region). … Read More

Apr 05, 2017

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Welcomes New Immigration Attorneys

The Bridgewater, New Jersey, based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., is pleased to welcome Raymond G. Lahoud as a Member and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, and William C. Menard as an Associate in the Immigration Law Practice Group.  They, along with their team, join Norris McLaughlin & Marcus from Baurkot & Baurkot, a leading immigration law and deportation defense law firm.… Read More

Feb 04, 2017

Temporary Pause? Court Temporarily Halts Certain Trump Immigration Orders

Last week, we reported of the White House Executive Orders that restricted the ability of individuals across the globe to enter the United States. On Tuesday, February 3, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington entered an order temporarily halting the implementation of several provisions of the Executive Order. The order takes an approach that extends its reach across the United States.… Read More

Dec 23, 2016

New Immigration Fees Take Effect Today.

Effective today, December 23, 2016, filing fees for numerous requests for immigration benefits before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) increased.

USCIS has confirmed that any application or petition bearing a postmark of December 22, 2016 or earlier, no matter when it is ultimately received for filing, will be accepted with the old fees.

For informational purposes only, the following link has a comparison of the of fees before and after December 23, 2016.… Read More

Dec 18, 2016

Immigrants: Knowledge is Power, Protect Your Rights!

Don’t Panic, Get Informed.

Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump pledged to crack down on immigration, deport millions of undocumented immigrants, build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, end the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and change deportation enforcement priorities. Although President-Elect Trump’s campaign website support these ideas, the timing and scope of any changes to current policies are unclear.

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Jun 07, 2016

Is There a Link Between Immigration and Unemployment?

There is frequently controversy regarding the effects that immigration might have on unemployment rates, especially when a large section of the population is struggling financially. News of corporations seeking H‑1B visas erroneously advances the idea that employers actively recruit foreign workers rather than hire native-born ones. However, there is no link between immigration rates and unemployment patterns. This is due to job market demographics and the benefits immigrants bring to communities.… Read More

May 17, 2016

Is a Child Entitled to an Attorney in Immigration Court?

With discussion of immigration appearing frequently in the news media, and given the tenor of coverage of related issues, it’s no surprise that disagreement and debate have come to encompass nearly every corner of immigration law in some way or another. But an ongoing case that’s playing out in federal court in Seattle may be poised to take the debate surrounding the rights of children in removal proceedings to the next level.… Read More

May 12, 2016

Understanding the Risks of a Plea Bargain

When you are facing criminal charges, the first instinct is often to conclude the ordeal as soon as possible. Facing the legal system in this adversarial manner is often terrifying, and that is especially true if you are not a citizen. One way these matters conclude quickly is through plea bargains or agreeing to a lesser offense in order to avoid stiffer penalties and drawn-out trials.… Read More

Mar 18, 2016

Foreign Entrepreneurs Enjoy Numerous Immigration Options

Foreign entrepreneurs who are considering starting or moving their business within U.S. borders should rest assured that it is not an impossible process. In fact, the U.S. government has created a variety of time-tested pathways that allow foreign entrepreneurs to bring their trade overseas. Whether you are considering permanent or temporary immigration to the United States, it’s important to know the options the government provides.… Read More

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